Another business leaves University Place!

Another business leaves UP!

Tonight the Lee family went to Massimo's for our weekly pizza.  The owner Rich met us at the door to explain that this was Massimo's last night to be open. Although business had improved recently, it wasn't enough to overcome too many poor months in the past.

Rich put his heart, soul, and finances into this business venture and he was my kind of manager, i.e. possessed a "hands on" management style. Also, I am priviledged to call Rich a friend.

I wish Rich and his former employees well in these uncertain financial times. Unviersity Place is also loser in this failed business venture because Massio's, aka Captain Nemo's, wil become another vacant building and an affirmation that UP is not a place to successfully conduct business.

It's too late for finger pointing but the failure of Massimo's should be of concern to our financially strapped city.








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dan October 22, 2012 at 03:56 PM
U.P. is anti-business. When the city charges $6,500 just to APPLY to see if the city will allow you to do business here, then makes the signage impossible to see... why would anyone open a business here? Sadly, its the pulse all across the USA. Anti-business. No wonder this country is in trouble. Nearly 50% of the country is getting a gov't check.
Christie Anderson October 22, 2012 at 07:25 PM
"181 new business licenses have been issued for University Place businesses." How many of those are home based, on-line businesses?
Dr. Curt Oland October 23, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Dan the city isn't anti-business, just ask them they will tell you they are pro-business. :) I wouldn't have considered Massimos to be overpriced. Same as the Chinese buffet. Remember food prices are up 30% nationwide so the restaurant business is harder than ever. I'm sure the rent on the space had to be over the top.
dan October 23, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Well, the Hogan's didn't get rich giving rent away. About 16 years ago I looked at buying Capt Nemo's and they wanted $1million for it and that didn't include the ground. The Chinese Buffet, which I have frequented like all teriyaki joints and dry cleaners have an advantage on labor. I've been in the restaurant business, its a very very verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry tough business. U.P. is becoming like the set for I AM LEGEND II... Sad, for a core community, so much could be so easy, nice. Take Lefty's. They need a place to have people sit down in the winfer, at least to wait for their orders. Since no public bathroom, they are out of luck. Stupid rules, make for stupid outcomes. So, to be clear, its ok to stand out in the rain and get your order, but not indoors? Because you might have to pee? I don't get it. A cool business like Lefty's trying to make it in a burned out shopping center that has more drugs being sold in the parking lot than down on Hilltop and you won't let people get out of the weather? This isn't Carmel by the Sea, you can't make it doing all your business in 4 months a year. And I hear Shari's is going to become a bank? We need good restaurants, not more banks. Banking is done online anyway. Don't even get me started on that stupid duck vs. a flag controversy. We sure know how to build playgrounds, but we don't know how to run a city! That beautiful Library the feds built us is a great shell of emptiness, what a waste. This is a sad commentary.
Patricia Mannie, Patricia & Co. October 24, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I am so sorry to see Massimo's leave University Place. Whether you feel the outside decor needs a facelift or the service was bad - it is ALWAYS bad for a community like ours to loose another business. Wwe loose tax dollars, we loose jobs, we loose potential customers. We have lost Denny's; Shari's; Green Spot Tea House and Ruby Tuesday. SAD SAD!!


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